World Jewish Congress head Ronald Lauder and Avraham Biderman called for accelerated movement on Holocaust restitution Tuesday after being reconfirmed respectively as the president and confirmed as the co-chairman of the World Jewish Restitution Organization. “Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, justice has not yet been done regarding the return of private and communal property in most former Nazi-occupied countries,” said Biderman. “Stolen property must be returned. We will not rest until that which was taken is returned.”
Tzoahe WJRO will be “focusing its efforts on Poland, the only major country in Central or Eastern Europe that has not passed legislation for the restitution of private property stolen during the Holocaust,” the organization said in a statement. “I call on those countries that have been slow to move on this issue now,” Lauder proclaimed. “Time is running out. Survivors cannot accept that property stolen from them and [from] those who perished is not being returned. The countries in question must do the right thing. Justice must be done, and seen to be done.”
Biderman, the child of Polish survivors, is a member of the board of the Conference of Material Claims Against Germany and a trustee of Agudath Israel of American.
His co-chairman at the WJRO is Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky.